The Tree of Life

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“Blessed are those who wash their robes. They will be permitted to enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life…He who is the Faithful Witness to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!”

Revelation 22:14,20

My grandson walked in our back door and I immediately shooed him right back out. He was covered in mud from head to toe! “You stay out there until I can get some clean clothes on you, then we can sit down to lunch,” I told him. How dare he try to come into my house looking like that!

And then it hit me; I had been doing the same thing to my eternal home. I was planning to show up at the door to Heaven just as I am, without one grain of remorse for the dirt. I suddenly started to feel like I needed to “wash my robe” so that I could enter the gates of the city and eat from the tree of life. Jesus is coming soon! I have to hurry.

So what should I start on first, maybe my attitude? Oh yeah, that. Thanks, God. Yesterday I was tired and Jim asked me to get him a cup of coffee. I did it, but man, in my mind I’m thinking, “Hey, I’m not a waitress! I’ve worked all day and you ask ME to bring YOU a cup of coffee???” Yeah, that was wrong. My hubby recently took on the full-time responsibility of his Dad, who is not only grieving for his wife’s death, but also in advanced stages of Alzheimer’s. Jim is his constant companion and is hurting for his Dad and trying to deal with the legal aspects of him living with us. My attitude is wrong. “God, forgive me and help me to be a better, more compassionate wife. Help me to know when I can help, and give me a willing attitude.”

And what about my TV shows? Huh? What about that garbage that I am feeding my mind? I tell myself little white lies that I can block out the smut and the language, but can I really? What about the times when I’m thinking and one of those smut words pops into my mind? Disgusting! I would never talk that way, but if it’s in my mind, isn’t it just a short distance to coming out of my mouth? “Forgive me, Lord. Once again, help me to stand firm in what goes into my head, through my eyes and my ears. Convict me when I am listening to music or watching TV that does not build up Your values in me. Cleanse my mind of all impurities and protect me from Satan’s plans.”

OK, I know that God loves me and that He will never take my salvation from me, just as I would never reject my grandson from my home. But we both should be a little cleaner and I’m going to make sure to wash every day!

Amen! Come, Lord Jesus.

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